Short Story of the Day #6: Sometimes Boys Don't Know by Donyae Coles

Short Story of the Day #7: “Sometimes Boys Don’t Know” by Donyae Coles

If you’ve read the Short Story of the Day series so far, you know I love stories about monstrous women and girls. I shared Carrie Vaughn’s take on Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shalott” last year. Yesterday’s pick, Kelly Sandoval’s ‘What Sisters Take,” follows a teenager with a hidden twin who can only survive by killing her. Next up: “Sometimes Boys Don’t Know” by Donyae Coles.

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annual awards eligibility post, 2022

Annual Awards Eligibility Post, 2022

Hi hi, all. I’ve been woefully negligent about updating this blog this year, but there’s been a lot going on. I’ve had to fight with my homeowner’s insurance, weather a layoff, and come to terms with the progression of our senior cat’s terminal illness. Nevertheless, I need to write up a quick awards eligibility post, because it’s ✨nomination season✨. Links to my 2022 fiction—and a cat photo!—below.

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slade house review

Slade House: A Review

Slade HouseFor writers who need to back fateful encounters with reason, cyclical evils hold strong allure. It’s easy when you make the Big Bad come knocking every 10, 20, or 250 years: you just have to stage your heroes correctly to make plot events look preordained. Any trope — especially a common one — can be misplayed, but don’t worry: David Mitchell sets up the Slade House dominoes to fall in perfect sequence. Continue reading